When I was in the classroom, I emailed parents every week with what was going on and any other important info. that they needed to know. I was told by some teachers that I was asking for trouble. But I never really experienced any issues. Instead, parents were appreciative and I believe that it did wonders for my parent communications.
Joli, over at The Fearless Classroom has a great post on Parent Relations. She shares all the many ways that she communicates with parents. Any administrator would think this is awesome! Many teachers won’t be able to imagine how to [...]
Teachers can be hired anytime of the school year. But the most active time for new hires is May – August. In late Spring, principals receive their allocations for the next year. If they are going to need teachers, the hiring begins. Hopefully, teachers are hired before Summer and the new school year can start uneventful…at least in the personnel department. However, life always seems to happen in the Summer: a spouse gets a transfer, a promotion, a new job outside of education, an unexpected event, etc… can cause the hiring frenzy to start again.
As an assistant principal, I’ve [...]
My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of the victims of the shooting in Newton, CT.
As an administrator, I have a few quick thoughts, my perspective on this tragic shooting.
1. There are many “experts” on the TV who have no clue what they are talking about in regards to how security and safety work in our elementary schools. Tighten up too much and parents whine and complain that it takes too long to get to their students lunch or holiday party. Make it too lax, and people who have no business in a [...]
With school now in full swing, one of the days that parents can look forward to, or maybe not, is parent-teacher conference day. Here are a few tips to make the time you have with your child’s teacher productive and valuable.
1. Be on time…No, be early! – When you realize that teachers have so many students and so little time, it is important that you arrive on time. Arriving late or causing the conference to start late will bring undue stress to the situation.
Teachers who are organized an on time will stress because they have a schedule to [...]